Cross contamination

It is not hard to prevent a sneaky food safety hazard. Some careful steps can be adopted during the purchasing and the preparation of the food.

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The Rapture

Question: "What is the difference between the Rapture and the Second Coming?"

Answer: The rapture and the second coming of Christ are often confused. Sometimes it is difficult to determine whether a scripture verse is referring to the rapture or the second coming. However, in studying end-times Bible prophecy, it is very important to differentiate between the two.

The rapture is when Jesus Christ returns to remove the church (all believers in Christ) from the earth. The rapture is described in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-54. Believers who have died will have their bodies resurrected and, along with believers who are still living, will meet the Lord in the air. This will all occur in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye. The second coming is when Jesus returns to defeat the Antichrist, destroy evil, and establish His millennial kingdom. The second coming is described in Revelation 19:11-16.

The important differences between the rapture and second coming are as follows:

1) At the rapture, believers meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17). At the second coming, believers return with the Lord to the earth (Revelation 19:14).

2) The second coming occurs after the great and terrible tribulation (Revelation chapters 6–19). The rapture occurs before the tribulation (1 Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation 3:10).

3) The rapture is the removal of believers from the earth as an act of deliverance (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, 5:9). The second coming includes the removal of unbelievers as an act of judgment (Matthew 24:40-41).

4) The rapture will be secret and instant (1 Corinthians 15:50-54). The second coming will be visible to all (Revelation 1:7; Matthew 24:29-30).

5) The second coming of Christ will not occur until after certain other end-times events take place (2 Thessalonians 2:4; Matthew 24:15-30; Revelation chapters 6–18). The rapture is imminent; it could take place at any moment (Titus 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54).

Why is it important to keep the rapture and the second coming distinct?

1) If the rapture and the second coming are the same event, believers will have to go through the tribulation (1 Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation 3:10).

2) If the rapture and the second coming are the same event, the return of Christ is not imminent—there are many things which must occur before He can return (Matthew 24:4-30).

3) In describing the tribulation period, Revelation chapters 6–19 nowhere mentions the church. During the tribulation—also called “the time of trouble for Jacob” (Jeremiah 30:7)—God will again turn His primary attention to Israel (Romans 11:17-31).

The rapture and second coming are similar but separate events. Both involve Jesus returning. Both are end-times events. However, it is crucially important to recognize the differences. In summary, the rapture is the return of Christ in the clouds to remove all believers from the earth before the time of God’s wrath. The second coming is the return of Christ to the earth to bring the tribulation to an end and to defeat the Antichrist and his evil world empire.

Recommended Resources: Three Views on the Rapture by Gleason L. Archer, Jr., ed. and Logos Bible Software.

Source: Got Questions?org

Comb made ​​of ox horn

Known by a few, the comb made ​​of horn - also called 'bone comb' - is an excellent option opposite to plastic combs. Like the wooden combs, they also do not conduct static electricity of the hair (responsible for the known 'frizz').

In Fortaleza / CE, at the Feirinha of Beira-Mar Avenue, you can find them in the tent of Rosalia. Her tent is very close to a monument at the place - look at the yellow circle on the right. Contacts for previous orders can be made by e-mail

The price is more expensive than ordinary combs - R$ 20.00 - but it pays off!

Fortaleza for the first time

Fortaleza has a hot tropical weather (84,2ºF to 95ºF), being December and January the hottest months and July the coldest, but with very little variation. Fortaleza is famous for its warm green seawater. Usually there is no rain in November.

It's very important to hydrate yourself very often, even if there is rain and even if you are not thirsty. If you like, you can bring Gatorade powder to mix with the mineral water (there isn't this product in powder in Fortaleza, and Gatorade is more expensive there). And of course, don't forget a good sun block. The sun's rays are very intense because of how close Fortaleza is to the equator.

Sometimes, there are mosquitos tonight. So, it is good to bring a good spray to repel them.

Light clothes, such as cotton, is suitable for outdoors, even though air conditioning might indicate the use of a light sweater indoors.
For site visits it is suggested to use light and comfortable clothes.

In Brazil, Portuguese is the official language and used in the whole country, with no dialects. English is shortly spoken and understood in business and tourist areas. English and some European languages are spoken in major hotels.

Time zone
The time in Fortaleza is three hours behind of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-3). There is no summer time in Fortaleza.

The Brazilian currency is called “Real” (R$). One “Real” is divided into 100 “Centavos” (cents). Bank notes are in 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Reais. Currency exchange counters are available at the airport out of the arrival hall. Currency exchange is also possible in most of the hotels. Cashier machines can be found, but not extensively spread.

Credit Cards
Major credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, Master Card and Visa are widely used and accepted. There is no additional charge applied, but you can get a discount in many stores by paying cash. Please check with the stores before using.

Business Hours
Most commercial facilities in Fortaleza operate on a six-day week, usually from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm. Shopping centers and malls usually open from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm on Mondays – Saturdays and from 2.00 to 10.00 pm on Sundays. Government offices are generally open between 8.00 am and 6.00 pm Mondays to Fridays, except on public holidays. Banks are open Mondays to Fridays from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, except on public holidays.

220 Volt. Plug adapters may be needed for the regular Brazilian 20 A sockets.

Orientation about the beaches
Some beaches in Fortaleza are not recommended for swimming. For example, the seafront of Av. Beira Mar is in that category. But Praia do Futuro is good for bathing. It is important to check with friends about the situation of the beach.

Also it is wise to be careful with the waves - most of them are strong and some beaches don't have lifeguards.

The Society
Fortaleza is a big city, and unfortunately, there is a bit of a problem with crime. People are often robbed or pick pocketed in public places - except for in big malls. It is better not to wear a watch and always be aware of luggage, purses etc. If it is necessary to carry a handbag, it's better to face it forward and not backwards.

Some advices from the Internet:
- Do not display your expensive camera / watch / etc. when you are out and about.

ATM machines:
- Do not make cash withdrawals at night.
- Make your cash withdrawals from closed areas such as shopping malls, supermarkets.
- Always be alert to any suspicious persons at or near the cash machine.
- If your card is taken by the machine, do not accept the help from anyone you don't know.
- Do not use the celular phone of strangers to call for help relating to the cash machine.
- Do not give your PIN code to anyone.
- Remember: Criminals can be well-dressed and have a good appearance.

Day to day:
- Do not go shopping alone or in the hours when there are few people around.
- Do not carry all of your cash in one place / pocket / purse.
- Avoid carrying all of your credit cards on you. Carry only the ones you need.
- Make sure there is a limit on the card for withdrawing cash from the cash machine.
- Get used to paying small bills in cash.
- Always have a list of the telephone numbers to call if your cards are lost or stolen.
- Get out of the habit of carrying a cheque book full of cheques. Carry only the number required.
- Do not carry all of your documents in your handbag or wallet. Carry authorised xerox copies of your passport or CIC and ID.

Source: some parts from or adapted from The Network

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